Brother Knight Eric, his wife Anya and Brother Knight Richard Marhue deserve special kudos for putting on a really successful and memorable annual social attended by as many as 60 (or more?) Knights, their families, friends and parishioners. Earlier, at mass, Brother Eric spoke briefly at the pulpit and invited the congregation to participate in the annual social.
Also gracing the event were Fathers Savel, Johnston and Matthew who blessed the event and made the attendees welcome. There were many contributions to the buffet table.
Grand Knight Norman Monteiro recognized all the Knights present, including several from other councils, proposed a vote of thanks to Anya, Eric and Richard and spoke in brief about the Knights of Columbus in general and Council 1429 in particular. He also provided a very quick summary of the main events held by Council 1429 this year. Brother Richard informed the audience about Council’s upcoming Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance event for which he is the lead organizer.
The potluck buffet
A very good turnout at the Annual Social and Open House. Brother Richard at the microphone.
Fr Savel and a Brother Knight in earnest conversation
Enjoying the meal
Enjoying the clean-up! David, Dave, Richard, Christine, Eric and Anya.
Another successful fund raiser organized by Council 1429’s Brother Knight Terry Costain and his wife Tara along with his team consisting of Norman, Christine, Dan, Tara, Paul, Chris and David.
Dan Gimpel, once again, got the evening off to a great start and with the saying of “Grace” by Fr Savel, over a hundred patrons lined up for the traditional Oktoberfest fare ( wurst, sauerkraut, coleslaw, beans, potato salad, dessert) served at the buffet table, while Joe Donahue and his Friends provide foot-tapping Irish tunes.
John Ramsay and Daniel Marhue at the bar kept the crowd in good but controlled spirits. Crystal LaCroix outdid herself once again by providing 3 scrumptious and beautiful cakes. After dinner, DJ extraordinaire Kip Cuthbert kept the dancing feet alive until the end. A pretzel stand was provided as well for those still in the munching mood. Everyone enjoyed the door prizes, the 50-50 draw, spot prizes and competing for the Gift Basket raffle put together by Deanna, Christine and Tara.
Dan Gimpel – MC extraordinaire has done it again . Thanks once again Dan!
Joe Donahue and Friends provide some very IRISH tunes that blended really well with the OKTOBERFEST mood and theme!
A hungry line-up for the sumptuous Oktoberfest buffet put together by Terry and his magnificent team
With a great deal of help from the Knights’ families and friends of the Council.
It was unanimously agreed that the buffet was very, very good.
And, yes there was dancing………
dancing………. and lots of it
A cake fit for Oktoberfest. Thanks to Crystal LaCroix.
… and more cake…
.. and more !!!
The collection of gift baskets put together by Deanna Pirt, Christine Monteiro, Tara Costain
Council Chaplain Fr David Johnston and Fraternal Advisor Dan Gimpel having a great time
2017 Knights Bike-A-Thon – 17 June
12 hrs = 300 kms
The 3 riders – Dave Pirt, Rick Smith and Joe Van Dinther along with Dave Howson, one of the support crew. Missing is Maggie Pataki. Also in the picture is Grand Knight Norman Monteiro.
The Architect of this very successful fund raiser our Financial Secretary Dave Pirt
Posing for the professional photographer and the photo shoot for the article which appeared in the August issue of the Columbia magazine .
Joining the group is Fr David Johnston, Chaplain of Council 1429. He blessed the team and prayed over them.
Over $2,000 was raised for Sarnia’s St. Joseph’s Hospice, by 3 fine gentlemen on their bicycles. In about 12 hours they cycled about 300 kilometres to places that ranged between Sarnia, London, Goderich and many places in between. They not only cycled but also got the money through pledges they obtained by themselves! Supporting them in this endeavor were Maggie Pataki and Dave Howson.
In an associated development, this endeavor was featured by the Supreme office in the monthly magazine “Columbia”. Click on the link below for more details.
Council member Chris Treftlin chaired the organizing committee to help hold this first ever yard and craft sale to support St George church’s ongoing maintenance costs. Several thousands of dollars were raised thanks to the overwhelming support of parishioners and those from other parishes.
Council’s tables and BBQ stand
Beautiful work by Melanie!
Setting up the day before…
Mr MC – all set for the evening!
Joanna giving the meal the touch only she can with great support in the background from Vin, Sean, John Spinozzi, Joan, Kristin and of course, Sam.
The wonderful servers – what enthusiasm! In the foreground, the 1st of 5 courses – Antipasto all set to be served.
Servers – with Deanna Pirt
Opening the show
Grand Knight with some opening words
Local Member of Parliament Marilyn Gladu sharing her thoughts
Kip at his very best!
He had us truly entertained.
John behind the bar. THANK YOU John. Great Job!
Cynthia Fay and Stephen Halsey
District Deputy Joe Sawczuk
Deputy Grand Knight Chris and Sabrina
St Ben’s Council Grand Knight Charlie Bathurst
Fr. Savel is all smiles
Fr. Winnicki has had more than his share of a good time
An unexpected windfall, help when you needed it most. THANK YOU John!
It was a full house
Happy 150th Canada
Melanie and Christine setting it up
Richard’s brainchild – He takes the cake for event of the year!….. nad eats it too?!
Djon with Archie Lobo — all the way from Mississauga
What an evening!
He takes the prize for the hardest worker of the night.
Darlene Landry leads the Line Dance
And the Dance goes on….
… and on ….
… and on ….
… and on ….
… and on ….
And the best part of the evening – the CLEAN-UP!! Thank you so much John, Joanna, Penny, Paul, David, Chris Burley, the Marhues, Christine
Another sold-out partnership event with St. Ben’s and St. Peter’s Councils, at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall on Saturday, 29 April 2017, to support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Coats for Kids and other KofC charities.
Our Fraternal Advisor Dan Gimpel got the evening off to a good start by welcoming everyone, Father Savel provided further words of welcome and Fr. Vince Gulikers said grace. Our local MP Marilyn Gladu spoke about the Knights in very glowing terms and stressed on the importance of service to the community. Several other priests, deacons, District Deputies and Grand Knights made up for a glittering occasion.
A five course Italian menu was catered by our very own Giresi family – Joanna and Sam. Live musical performances were provided by Cynthia Fay (daughter of our Lecturer Richard) and Stephen Halsey, DJ Kip Cuthbert kept the dancers on their feet, when not otherwise rolling on the floor laughing! Line Dancing by Darlene Landers got the evening off to a great start. The gift basket draw, door prizes, spot prizes and the 50-50 draw kept everyone entertained. It was indeed a very entertaining evening. Thanks to the Giresis, all the volunteers (specially the servers), their families and friends, supporters, advertisers, fellow councilmen, priests, performers, the DJ, the MC and everyone else who might have been forgotten.
25 / 26 March: Recruitment Drive
Thanks to Fr. Vince, the pastoral team, all the Knights and their families and specially to Fraternal Advisor, Dan Gimpel, who helped make this event at Sacred Heart church, a success.
The 11 am mass team with attending families and parishioners